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in washington president obama is facing lots of criticism for the u.s. mission in libya. two and a half hours from now he'll try to ease concerns about the operation's goals, its costs and the end game. his remarks coming a little over a week from the first coalition air strikes and critical time for opposition fighters on the ground. gadhafi's troops wiped out some of the gains but in recent days coalition air strikes have helped rebels seize some of the northern stays. now to reza sayah with more on benghazi. what's the latest information, ressa, that you are getting. >> reporter: these forces had an impressive three days capturing five towns from the gadhafi forces. today they finally met some resistance, the first in about 72 hours. that resistance coming in the city of sirte, gadhafi's birthplace, his hometown. when you talk to opposition officials here they anticipated a fights there and they got t.rebel figorces pushing back a one rebel fighter telling cnn that he and a group of other fighters cornelio sommaruga gadhafi soldiers waving a right flag, that, of course, the universal signa
of the globe and japan and the u.s. it would follow a little possible parcel of radiation all the way across the country and pacific. it would take many days. a lot of the radiation would be gone. there's just no threat. >> we will see. you'll keep watching, it as will i, but thanks so much for watching it here. want to turn things over to jessica yellin in "the situation room." jess, to you. >> happening now, breaking news. three nuclear reactors damaged to the core. the crisis in japan is said to be deteriorating right now. u.s. officials are suggesting the situation is more dire than many thought. with america's top nuclear watchdogs saying radiation levels are extremely high. freezing cold and snow adding to the hardship for quake and tsunami survivors there and hampering the rescue and recovery. more people now seem eager to get out of japan all together. >>> and wolf blitzer's one-on-one interview with secretary of state hillary clinton in egypt. she's talking about the disaster in japan, as well as the uprisings in libya and across the region. welcome to our viewers in the united stat
to building more nuclear power plants in the u.s. that is up from last year. >>> and now, it is just about that time to head it to the man, the birthday man today, wolf blitzer in "the situation room." wolf, to you. >>> thanks very much, brooke. happening now, two u.s. air force crew members make it out of a fighter jet crash in libya alive. we are taking you to the crash site and telling you how libyan rebels help keep one of them safe. >>> also, president obama is facing growing anger for ordering air strikes in libya without the approval of congress. now, one fellow democrat, even talking about possible impeachment. >>> and new u.s. assessments of the radiation risks from japan's nuclear crisis and new progress inside the plant to shed light on the damage from the sudan. i'm wolf blitzer. you are in "the situation room." >>> some very anxious hours for the u.s. military after the crash of a fighter jet, giving way to relief now that the two crew members are safely out of libya. defense officials confirming that both the pilot and the weapons officer have been rescued. they say the f-15
at from the u.s. navy. i'm don lemon from the cnn headquarters in atlanta. >> i'm jonathan mann. a special edition of "the situation room" with wolf blitzer is next. >>> thanks very much. french jets take off. the allied gauntlet comes down. a coalition of western and arab states launching the first strikes on libya. >> yoins in firing missiles against gadhafi's forces around misrata, to stop gadhafi from butchering his own people. >>> at this hour the besieged town of benghazi is in tatters we're told but still in the control of the rebels. after days of pleading for help they're getting it right now. the international community responding with decisive force. >>> hello to our viewers in the united states and around the world. we want to welcome you to a special edition of "the situation room." i'm wolf blitzer in washington and joined by jonathan mann in atlanta. jon, this is going to be a very ferocious fight given everything we know about moammar gadhafi, his sons, those most loyal to him. they are not going to give up really quickly. >> nearly 25 years after the u.s. attacked moammar
military action. how far will the u.s. and its allies go to enforce a u.n.-authorized no-fly zone? also this hour, a new level of crisis at japan's crippled snuk power plant. as the race goes on to heat down those reactors, officials now say this disaster is on par with the worst nuclear accident in u.s. history and mile after mile of destruction, search and rescue crews barely know where to begin. we're with emergency teams risking their own lives to save others. i'm wolf blitzer. you're in "the situation room." >>> president obama says the world has given moammar gadhafi ample warning that his bloody assault on rebel forces will not stand. mr. obama putting gadhafi on notice just a while ago, a day after the u.n. security council approved the use of force to protect civilians in libya. the president says the libyan leader would commit atrocities if left unchecked and thousands of people could die. >> these terms are not subject to negotiation. if gadhafi does not comply with the resolution, the international community will impose consequences. and the resolution will be enforce enforc
weapons of the nato alliance, like this air strike by britain. and yet, u.s. military officials concede today that the libyan regime is still determined to fight and reinforced its positions in the eastern cities fwh including ajdabiya. the occasion says gadhafi is trying to recruit and arm volunteers to fight rebel forces. the libyan strongman defiant as nato moves to take over command of the libyan mission. the top u.s. commander of the operation tells me that nato has now agreed in principle to not only take charge of the no-fully zone but to also to protect libyan civilians as well. the details will be worked out, he says, over the next few erda. general carter ham sending a message directly to gadhafi. here in "the situation room," we spoke just a littlewhilego and i had this exchange with him. cnn is seen live around the world, including in libya. and officer your military-to-military -- the officers surrounding gadhafi might be watching right now, gadhafi might be watching, his sons might be watching. look into atthe camera. what would you say to them right now, officer t officer
plants right here in the united states. >>> and will the u.s. supreme court green light a massive discrimination lawsuit against walmart? arguments today in one of the most important workers' rights cases the court has ever heard. i'm wolf blitzer. you're in "the situation room." >>> moammar gadhafi and his troops are being accused of new carnage and destruction. just hours after president obama tried to explain the u.s. mission in libya to the american people. this hour we have breaking news. we're learning about major, major setbacks for rebel forces in several cities. in misrata, witnesses say government forces are hammering the city hard, firing bullets over civilians' heads and telling them to run for their lives. gadhafi is fighting back with a vengeance against rebels who had regained ground in recent days under the cover of coalition air strikes. >>> and joining us now in ajdabiya is our own arwa damon. you're with the rebels there. how are they doing, arwa? what's the latest? >> reporter: well, wolf, it's been another bitterly disappointing day for the opposition here. th
wedeman is joining us now embedded with rebel forces in eastern libya. ben, let me get your quick reaction. musa kusa, someone familiar to a lot of us who have covered libya over the years, if in fact he's now split with gadhafi. how significant would that be? >> reporter: well, it does represent a fairly significant blow to moammar gadhafi. this was a senior official, and even though shortly after the outbreak of the revolt in libya, there was a string of resignations of ambassadors, for instance, for the libyan ambassadors around the world. the justice minister has defected, so two of the anti-gadhafi forces, so certainly the foreign minister defecting is significant. is it critical? i don't think so because clearly -- he has a very small circle around him, upon his sons, each of which has a military unit, so it's a blow, but i don't think it's a critical blow to moammar gadhafi. >> and at the same tame as we take a look at all of this, ben, the rebels, and you're embedded with rebel forces, they seem to be clearly on the defense right now. they have lost a lot of ground over the past 48
are overwhelmed. supplies are limited. plus, the u.s. military is moving in the region. the defense second robert gates now directioning two navy warships into the mediterranean. >>> and a dramatic new development in the race for 2012. the first major republican contender is ready to take a critical step towards announcing a run for president. i'm wolf blitzer. you're in "the situation room." let's begin with the latest developments in the libyan crisis. reports of gunfire and assault in the city of zawiya. that's where forces loyal to the libyan leader moammar gadhafi attempted but allegedly failed to seize control from rebels. meanwhile, a strong show of force against gadhafi just out of the united nations. the general assembly adopting a resolution to oust libya from the u.n. human rights council. we're monitoring the story from every angle on the ground as only the global resources of cnn can. first, let's go to tripoli where gadhafi shows no signs of losing his grip on power in the capital. some residents there have refrained from protesting for fear of simply being killed. cnn's senior inte
was at the speech. he's joining us now live. nic, was this another simple ramble expose, if you will, by gadhafi, a little bit more normal than what he said yesterday, or was it just vintage gadhafi? >> reporter: i think this was gadhafi going on the offensive, far from throwing in the towel and giving up here. a two and a half hour speech, longer than some of his other speeches. the symbolism was there, carried live on national tv. walked into the room and crowds of his supporters chanted and he literally stood taking all this adulation for ten minutes before he sat down and started speaking. he had a number of threats, not only for the united states, as we heard there, but for the rebels. on the one hand telling the rebels just there's gunfire going on in the background in tripoli, not only telling the rebels that they should put down their weapons and they wouldn't face charges or they could still sort of stop the fighting, if they wanted to, which was strange because at the same time he was attacking them, bombing them in the east of the country, as ben wedeman was witnessing, but also he wa
atlanta. >> she used to work here, until sheascended to the executive suite. >> she's big cheese now, but you're looking fantastic. you have fun? >> yeah, it was a blast. it always is. the president didn't come, but maybe next year. >> maybe next year. >>> happening now, images of war and destruction in libya that the world hasn't been able to see until now. cnn finds a way to get into the city of misrata. it's been ravaged, terrorized by moammar gadhafi's troops. stand by. an al qaeda leader is cheering on revolts in the arab world and challenging views of our own security analyst peter bergen. directly i'll ask him about the uprisings, and why al qaeda is singling peter bergen out. >>> they're playing zero, nada, nothing, if that doesn't tick you out, wait until you hear what ge's boss is saying today. i'm wolf blitzer. you're in "the situation room." >>> a new warning that a massacre may be in the works 2349 libyan city of misrata. we have late w0rd that the libyan rebels are facing fierce new attacks by moammar gadhafi's troops and fighting back with any weapons they can find
and what this could mean for u.s. forces. we're also standing by for a statement from the secretary of state hillary clinton. we're also standing by for a statement from the nato secretary-general in brussels. stand by for that. >>> moammar gadhafi is still on the attack, on this the sixth night of pounding by the coalition forces. an explosion and anti-aircraft fire echos in tripoli just a little while ago. could the outrageous failure at reagan happen again? the fallout, the danger at two planes coming in for a landing radioed the control tower and got no answer. i'm wolf blitzer. you're in "the situation room." let's begin with the breaking news. the united states may be closer to giving up its lead role in the fight to protect lickance from gadhafi's forces. right now there's new uncertainty, though, about a tentative deal for nato to take command of the mission. we have lots of questions about how this might play out and how it might affect the overall goal of seeing gadhafi go away. the secretary of state hillary clinton will make a statement a little more that an hour from no
catastrophe in japan. i'm wolf blitzer. john vos is joining us over in the cnn center in atlanta. a lot of news to cover. let me give our viewers the highlights of what's going on right now. it's now just after 7:00 a.m. saturday in japan. survivors of the strongest earthquake recorded in that country's history are seeing the enormous destruction in the harsh light of day, and they are still being shaken to the core. two powerful new tremors measuring higher than a magnitude of 6 struck within the last hour alone, after the 8.9 monster quake hit japan friday afternoon unleashing a huge tsunami. japanese media reporting that the death toll could be higher than 1,000. hundreds of people may be missing. some may be trapped alive or buried in homes that were simply washed away. the tsunami sent water rushing sever six miles inland. one area of deep concern right now. japanese authorities are trying to cool down the temperature inside a nuclear power plant rattled by the quake. president obama says the united states is helping to monitor the plant for possible radiation leaks. he also sent h
at cnn world headquarters in atlanta. thanks for joining us. one hour from now the disaster in japan, from the devastation and death to the severe economic impact of the quake and tsunami. that's at 7:00 p.m. eastern. in the meantime, "the situation room with wolf blitzer" begins now. >>> a change in command over coalition air strikes in libya is in the works now this hour. the terms and limits of nato's new role. what it means for the mission and for u.s. forces. libyan rebels now have a new hope of pushing back moammar gadhafi's fighters. we'll tell you about a man who sacrificed his life to help the opposition. plus, the dangers and challenges in the disaster zone of japan. brian todd has an account of the search and rescuers. and our crew, what all of them experienced in the quake and tsunami wreckage. welcome to our viewers in the united states and around the world. i'm wolf blitzer. you're in "the situation room." [ explosion ] >>> first to a key battleground city where rebels are making headway in the battle to seize controlle from moammar gadhafi. here's cnn's arwa damon. >>
, the latest, one person dead and dozens injured. the mayor standing by to join us live. new radiation fears in tokyo. stocking up on bottles of water after the japanese government warns that tap water is no longer safe for infants, i'm wolf blitzer, you're in the "situation room." in a span of 24 hours, the u.s. military said the coalition launched more than 50 strikes in the mission to protect libyan civilians. but no indication the battle is being over. just a short while ago the secretary of state warned gadhafi the quickest way to end it is for him to leave.<[kyk: . we2íor certainly encouraged the would make a right decision. not only institute a real co comprehensive cease-fire but withdraw from the cities and military abs and prepare for a transition that does not incl e include. >> there are serious reports of major clashes under way. what do we know about the fighting at this moment. >> you just heard secretary of state hillary clinton encouraging momammar gadhafi bu he's not backing down. a couple of major developments that shows that this conflict is far from over. anded stage i
're following right now. the japanese ambassador to the united states. he is here with us. you heard the story. let me repeat it, mr. ambassador, because i know you speak for the japanese government. a meltdown may be under way at one of fukushima's daiichi nuclear power reactors. an official with japan's nuclear and industrial safety agency told cnn. quhak you tell us about this, mr. ambassador? >> chief cabinet secretary of japan has made an announcement in the press conference about this issue. there was a concern about this reactor. we have confirmed that there was a blow-up. it was not a blow-up of reactor, nor container. it was a blow-up of the outer building. so there was no leakage of radioactive material. we are now trying to cope with the situation by putting water into that -- >> saltwater. >> yeah, saltwater into the reactor and there are some other issues with other reactors as well. which needs also an injection of water or taking up vapor, because of increasing pressure into the container. and we're now working on it. >> but is it fair to say, mr. ambassador, that a meltdown may
room." >>> now, breaking news. urgent new teams to cool down an overheated reactor. now the u.s. government is stepping in to evacuate possibly thousands of americans from the country and get them away from any nuclear danger. secretary of state hillary clinton tells our wolf blitzer she's worried about the health and saved of americans in japan even as she heads home from tunis tunisia. i'm candy crowley, you're in "the situation room." nuclear experts say the new attempt to douse an overheated reactor has been somewhat effective. helicopters, fire trucks and police water cannons all have been deployed. we are told that radiation levels dipped, but they are still high, so the frarchtic work to prevent a full-scale meltdown goes on. cnn's anna coren is nil tokyo. just bring us up to date. >> well, candidate, it's entering the seventh day of this crisis, and now at the fukushima daiichi plant trying to bring this situation under control. we saw the pictures of the helicopters, trying to spray water onto the reactors. those crews had to get out because of the radiation levels incr
're following all the breaking news. cnn's isha sze say is joining us from cnn international. i've got to tell you, so much news. i've been a reporter for a long time, but i can't remember a time when there's been so many breaking news stories of such enormity happening, isha, at the same time. >> absolutely, wolf, no doubt about it. we are, of course, closely following the events taking place in japan that are rapidly unfolding, but as you mentioned you are there in cairo with the secretary of state hillary clinton, an important visit there. many in the arab world watching closely to see as she meets with egypt's new leaders, wolf. >> it's a critically important trip she's having. there's by no means a done deal here in egypt that everything is going to work out just fine. just a little while ago down in tahrir square, and i was there. there was gunfire and gunshots going out as some coptic christian protesters were running, hundreds of people running on the street. still tense. a lot more on this part of the story. what's happening in libya now. gadhafi is running and moving quickly supposed
for questioning president obama's americanism. why mike huckabee says, and i'm quoting now, "most of us grew up going to boy scout meetings, not madrassas." i'm wolf blitzer, you're in "the situation room." >>> first to libya right now, where opposition forces are desperately struggling to fend off attacks from his supporters. president obama issuing his strongest rebuke yet against the bloodshed. >> the united states and the world continues to be outraged by the appalling violence against the libyan people. the united states is continuing to lead an international effort to deter further violence, put in place unprecedented sanctions to hold the gadhafi government accountable, and support the aspirations of the libyan people. we are also responding quickly to the urgent humanitarian needs that are developing. tens of thousands of people from many different countries are fleeing libya, and we commend the governments of tunisia and egypt for their response even as they go through their own political transitions. i have, therefore, approved the use of u.s. military aircraft to help move egyptians
." >>> as we follow the breaking news my colleague hala gorani is joining us from the cnn center as well. a chaotic scene that's going hon in tripoli, hala. we've been watching it for some time. they rolled out the red carpet for moammar gadhafi. he shows up, and we expect him to start speaking to reporters literally any minute now. coverage of that, but it's a dramatic moment in this civil war. >> indeed it is. we saw moammar gadhafi, wolf, just a few minutes ago walk in with his trademark sunglasses and turban surrounded by security. earlier it was reported he arrived in a convoy of vehicles, wolf. there are about 100 journalists. you see the scrum there. 100 plus journalists waiting for six house hours and as you mentioned with moammar gadhafi, it's always a guessing game? will he address reporters one by one, a news conference, in five minutes or five hours? it's always an open question. >> hala, let's go right to the scene and our own nic robertson is in tripoli standing by. nic, from your vantage point you've seen gadhafi showing up. where is this now. >> i just looked around and t
forces today, and the regime is offering a reward, almost half a million u.s., for the capture of a top opposition figure. we have new cnn video coming in from ras lanuf where rebels with fighting to hold their ground. government troops are using planes and heavy artillery to try to retake the eastern oil city. in the western city of zawiya, libyan television showed government supporters cheering in the streets today, but there are now unconfirmed reports that rebels have retaken the main square there. after days of heavy fighting, it's almost impossible to get through to anyone in zawiya for any independent confirmation of what's going on there. today gadhafi is also sending a new warning to the united states and its allies as they consider imposing a no-fly zone over libya. he promises that all libyans will fight back against what he calls an act of aggression and an attempt to control libya's oil. >> translator: it will be clear aggression. it will also be clear that the intentions are to control libya's oil, choke libya's liberty, land and people. all of the libyans carry weapons so
practice throughout the year. we count on our training to get us through whatever situation we encounter. >> reporter: what's the most difficult part of this, going into an area like this and rescue people? >> it's going to be access. infrastructure looks devastated. what is intact is probably flooded. so actually gaining access to the people that need our help is going to be the most difficult. >> reporter: how long have they told you to prepare to be out there? >> we typically plan for two weeks, up to 14 days. >> reporter: best of luck to you. >> thank you. >> reporter: they don't know exactly when they're going to deploy, could be any moment now. this is a team with a lot of experience. we're also told the l.a. county urban search and rescue team is also going out. this is all being coordinated by the state department. >> since filing that report, brian is now on the way to japan with the fairfax search and rescue team. he'll be reporting later from japan for all of us. we want to welcome our viewers here in the united states and around the world. this is a special edition of "the si
's had 15 people have been killed and 200 wounded and attacked by government forces using heavy machine guns and mortar, small artillery fired into that area. however, what we're hearing from the government is that they now say that they have now taken control of zawiya, that they have killed what they describe as a terrorist leader there and captured a number of tanks, anti-aircraft guns and other such devices, so the picture from what is actually happening in zawiya is not entirely clear at this time. on the one hand sources there say the rebels still control it. on the other hand, the government says they now control it, but what we do know is when we were there last weekend, that many of the protesters there were armed with heavy machine guns. they had rocket-propelled grenades. they had at least a couple of tanks and some anti-aircraft guns as part of their anti-government protest. of course, a week ago they were very afraid that an incident like this, where the government would attack them. >> nic robertson on the scene for us. meanwhile in the nearby capital city of tripoli, more
we're following at cnn international. today, indeed, all of this week, asha is joining us, and i can't tell you how upset all the people are all over the world about the devastation in japan. such a heartbreaking story. we'll share all the details we have with our viewers and around the world over the next two hours. >> absolutely, wolf. this is a story that has the world gripped at the edge of their seat as they watch this story very quickly unfold. so much the people in japan are dealing with search-and-rescue teams, dealing with so many different issues. this was a situation that occurred almost in the blink of an eye for those that were at the heart of it, and you see the pictures as they come into us here at cnn of the devastation, of the grief, of the destruction, and we are closely following it, as you say, wolf. over the next two hours we'll be bringing all the latest to our viewers because it's been almost four days after the big one hit. every missing person found alive in the wreckage is a small victory. after almost 2,000 bodies have been found so far. our correspondents
on rebels this hour. new targets, more carnage and the intense pressure for u.s. military action. >>> also, the crisis that libya keeps pushing up gas prices across the country. that's creating more economic misery here at home, and new political danger for president obama. plus, protesters warn the u.s. congress may, may be on the brink of stoking new violence against muslims. anger and anticipation are building before controversial hearings this week on islamic extremism in america. i'm wolf blitzer. you're in "the situation room." libya centering the fourth week of what's now a full-fledged civil war. moammar gadhafi's forces are claiming new gains in their pounding of rebel-held cities. gadhafi maintaining a tight grip on the capital of tripoli, and the opposition appears to be holding out to benghazi in the east, but there are conflicting reports about who is in control of several other key cities, where fierce, fierce battles have been raging now for days. diplomatic sources at the united nations say the united states is working with france and britain on draft resolution on libya, a
to the world is that we want a no-fly zone. >> says this general. "they're bombing us with their planes." the libyan revolt is beginning to look dramatically different from those that came before. in egypt and tunisia it was a fight between unarmed protesters and the regimes. here in libya it is becoming what looks like a civil war. further to the rear outside the town, weapons are being tested. frantic preparations afoot in the event government forces push further east. anti-aircraft guns fresh out of an arms depot are cleaned of grease. everyone pitches in. and el braga's el al hospital the wounded from the nearby battle are rushed into the emergency ward. four people killed in the fighting are in the hospital's morgue. >> this is what they give us, gadhafi, only bomb and take our blood and take our oil. crazy man. >> reporter: outside, this fighter vows to take the fight to moammar gadhafi's palace in tripoli. "by the grace of god victory," he declares. in this battle the opposition forces were victorious. opposition troops were run out of town. what followed was a wild celebration.
to libya, gene cretz talking to the opposition chief. >> >> a u.s. officials confirmed the authenticity of the call, but would not comment on the query about weapons. hillary clinton is speaking to the opposition, too. >> we are reaching out to the opposition inside and outside of libya. i will be meeting with some of those figures both here in the united states and when i travel next week to discuss what more the united states and others can do. >> reporter: but moammar gadhafi and is spokesman's son show no signs of caving into pressure. >> the libyan peet will never, ever welcome nato, will never, ever welcome americans here. libya is not a piece of cake. we are n-- >> this is a kind of stalemate back and forth, but i think longer term, that the regime will prevail. >> jill dougherty reporting for us from the state department. we'll have a lot more on what general clapper, head of the national -- director of national intelligence had to say. this note, though, i have been invited to travel with secretary clinton on her overseas trip next week. i'll be reporting on critical talks abou
is watching this story for us. update our viewers, jeanne, on what we know right now. >> well, a nuclear expert earlier today called it a hail mary pass. the japanese were pumping seawater into a reactor to try and keep it cool. in addition, infusing it with boran in an attempt to stop the radiological chemical reaction, the nuclear reaction. all of this, a desperate effort to prevent a meltdown. the japanese ambassador to the u.s. said on our air a short time ago that there was no meltdown in progress. but an official with japan's nuclear and industrial safety agency told cnn it is a possibility there may be one underway. he said, we have still not confirmed that there's an actual meltdown, but there is a possibility. the reason they think there might be one underway is that they have detected radioactive cesium and radioactive iodine outside of that plant. that official went on to say, however, we have confidence that we will resolve this. this was reiterated by japan's chief cabinet secretary. he said in a press conference a short time ago, we can stabilize the situation. now, adding
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